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scoring political points and i know that the american people are tired of that. they're tired of all of us. i understand that. we just make -- used car sales men look good. that's the only group below us. we have to get our act together and prove to the american people that we can regain the trust that they once had in us and get the job done. >> yeah. the perception -- go ahead, please, congressman. looking at the can kicked down the road by both sides. >> let me be clear. she is a very good friend of mine and i understand her point of view. but she's not accurate. as a matter of fact, as recent as gallup poll that just came out, the american public is in agreement with the way the president is handling this matter. i think 56% compared to mr. boehner's 26% and what the public voted for in the last election. a lot of things the people don't realize is president is catching hell from the left, in other words, from people who believe in the congress that the cpi, cost of living, should not be reduced so that people on veterans benefits, disabilities benefits, social security benefits, the m
is the urgency? why isn't congress doing something about this and coming together? >> i know you've used the term sense of urgency, but i think people want common sense and that's common ground. there will be a sense of urgency if we fail to avoid the fiscal cliff, go over it and the markets react badly to it. right now people want us to come together in a bipartisan way. the absolute has to be bipartisan in the house. we've seen that in the last week. not even plan b, which is an unreasonable alternative to the too,000 threshold was able to garner a majority in the house of representatives. the speaker can't sell it to his own party, so i think he has to craft a bipartisan solution one way or the other, put aside the politics here. the nation's economic will suffer. >> should it come from the senate or from the house? >> i don't think it matters where it originates, but the point is the senate has already passed a bill that represents a reasonable compromise. extend the 250 -- the tax cuts for all incomes up to $250,000, and everybody would benefit on that first $250,000 of income. that it not o
of having to subsidize medicare in the states takes us to $11 billion in costs so that doesn't make any sense. we can look at other ways of making medicare work smartly. and one of the things we have 0 do it get rid of the fee for service concept. fee for service is so old school. 80% of californians are in a managed care system. >> representative, aside from that, what else would you be willing to put on the table then that republicans are asking for right now? >> well, i think we should look at the entire federal budget and look at ways in which we can cut areas of discretionary spending. i mean, no one's talking about the fence. and yet, that is a plump budget. i mean, we just found out from the air force that they scuttled one of their programs because it was not going to work. and it was already a billion dollars that we had spent on a computer system. and so there's lots of areas that we can look at. and i'm willing to do that. >> i want to look at another poll number that came up from nbc/"wall street journal," it shows that 56%, if we go over the cliff, will blame both democrats
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